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How to reinstall Java 6 on Mac OS X
How to uninstall Oracle Java 7
Java is a free software currently developed by Oracle Corporation. Apple provided its own implementation of Java for Mac OS X until October, 2012. At that time, the Apple verison of Java 6 was removed during an OS X update, and replaced with the Oracle-supplied version of Java 7.
This article pertains to the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) program installed on your computer that is used to run Java applets encountered in your web browser. There are a variety of reasons why a Mac user would want to remove Oracle’s version of Java from their Mac, and reinstall Java 6 on Mac instead. To reinstall Java 6 on Mac OS X, you should first uninstall Oracle Java 7 or 8 from your Mac. The steps below explain how to uninstall Oracle Java from your Mac. Please note that to uninstall Java 7, you must have Administrator privileges.
- Click on the Finder icon located in your dock
- Click on Applications tab on the sidebar
- In the Search box enter: JavaAppletPlugin.plugin
- This will find the JavaAppletPlugin.plugin file
- Right click on JavaAppletPlugin.plugin and select Move to Trash
Alternatively, if you are familiar with using the Mac’s Terminal utility with Administrator privileges as root or by using sudo, you may copy/paste the command line below to uninstall Oracle Java 7:
How to Restore Apple’s Java 6 after uninstalling Oracle Java 7
If you updated your Mac to Oracle Java 7 or 8, and it has created an unforeseen issue, you may continue to use Apple’s
Java on your Mac by restoring it. Please note that to restore Apple’s Java, you must have Administrator privileges and execute the command either as root or by using sudo.
- Click on the Finder icon located in your dock
- Click on Applications tab on sidebar
- Click on the Utilities folder
- Double-click on the Terminal icon
- In the Terminal window Copy and Paste the command below:
Once you have uninstalled Oracle’s Java, and restored Apple’s Java 6, you may verify that your Mac is running the expected Java version by visiting the Java.com web site.
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For another project, I found myself needing to install Java 6 (a.k.a. 1.6) on Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard, both Intel and PowerPC.
If you were using Macs back then, you may recall that Apple’s Java 6 was only officially released for Leopard on 64-bit Intel, and didn’t become the default JVM until Snow Leopard (at which point a 32-bit Intel version was also made available). You may not recall that several developer previews for Tiger were released, the last of which was JavaSE6dp9.dmg, which supplied a PowerPC and 32-bit Intel JVM. With some hackery, it can still be installed on Tiger or Leopard.
Leopard on 64-bit Intel
As long as your CPU is a Core 2 Duo or later, all that’s required is a quick preference change. Since Java 1.5 is still the default on Leopard, open “Java Preferences” in
/Applications/Utilities and reorder the list of JVMs so that “Java SE 6” is first in the list. The change takes effect immediately, and can be confirmed on the command line with
Leopard on PowerPC or 32-bit Intel
As the developer preview installer won’t work properly on Leopard, instead we’ll extract the JVM and install it by hand. First, move aside the Java 6 for 64-bit Intel that’s already installed, but non-functional.
(Ah, remember back when all you needed was an admin password to muck about in the system files with wild abandon? Good times.)
Next, use Pacifist to extract from the installer package the path
/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6.0 and copy it to the same location on disk. (You can also burrow into the package using right-click and “Show Package Contents”, then double-click to extract “Archive.pax.gz” and find said path in the newly-created “Archive” folder.)
You’ll then create a new “Current” symlink pointing at the folder you just copied.
java -version will show that Java 6 is active.
Tiger on PowerPC or Intel
If you run the installer on a fully updated Tiger system, it’ll inform you that “This volume contains a newer version of Java.” So, first move aside the files it’s checking.
Java 6 Mac Download
After running the installer, open the new “Java Preferences” in
/Applications/Utilities/Java/Java SE 6. Set “Use version” to “Java SE 6” and reorder the list in “Java Application Runtime Settings” so “Java SE 6” is first. After you click “Save” and quit, confirm that Java 6 is active by running